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123 pages of photos of Rock Roots, The 1960's, Motown, The British Invasion & The 1970s.
Something to sit on the coffee table.

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Freak Out! My Life with Frank Zappa
"They were big favourites with some male visitors. I remember walking into the kitchen and two of the GTOs were in a drunken food fight with Rod Stewart and Jeff Beck. Frank just walked through with his nose in the air and I was very annoyed - though Rod and Jeff were very charming when they hadn't been drinking." :mrgreen:


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I understand the plot is convoluted (multiple points-of-view) and requires the reader to be extra focused.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:31 am 
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Book 3 of the trilogy:
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Lol, there's actually a book 4 of the trilogy, and 5 is coming out soon...

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two Oxford students go hitchhiking in 1968 across Europe and up in Czechoslvakia on a coin-toss.
It was a good year and a very bad year to be there. They get caught when the tanks rolled in to Prague.
Will they get out? Will inocence survive? Does anyone remember Milada Horakova?

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PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2019 6:09 pm 
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Book 4 of the (lol), trilogy :)

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PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2019 6:23 pm 
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[two Oxford students go hitchhiking in 1968 across Europe and up in Czechoslvakia on a coin-toss.
It was a good year and a very bad year to be there. They get caught when the tanks rolled in to Prague.
Will they get out? Will inocence survive? Does anyone remember Milada Horakova?


It's funny, I began a record exchange with my Czech friend Vlada Michna in 1974... Records were fun, but I'd always write about politics too, about the US government and so on...and he'd always answer about his family and friends and music...and I'd write more about politics, and he's say he'd met a girl and was gonna get married... I'd write about politics and he'd tell me of his new son...

Then the Velvet Revolution and the floodgates opened, he could write that it was unwise to take chances before because his letters could be shined through in screenings, so don't take chances.

Funny thing too he was all censored before, and now they've gone the other way with some really wild lyrics and stuff...and here in the US we now have Parental Advisories if we say fuck, and antiwar songs* are not allowed on MTV and so on...

How the situation reverses, Bill of Rights suspended, all our emails and phone calls recorded, arrest and hold indefinitely without charges or access to a layer, Obama executing citizens without trial and nobody says shit...

And we're lined up at their door for more...

Lol, Chuck Terrien
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* They've actually faded right out... During Viet Nam we had shitloads of Antiwar songs, Give Peace a Chance and all that...now antiwar songs are pretty rare...

Filter - Anthems for the Damned
They also did a remix of this whole album that's pretty good...Kudos to Filter for their Anti-war activism...

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PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2019 8:32 pm 
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Judas - Amos Oz
Chers fanatiques - Amos Oz

And I just finished the french version of "Diary of a dirty old man" by Bukowski.

Next ones:
Une histoire d'amour et de ténèbres - Amos Oz (yeah, I know...)
French version of "I'm your man" - biography of Leonard Cohen

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Just finishing this up :cry: :cry: :cry:

In one passage a U.S. army officer feels bad after leading a morning attack on a tribe. He killed numerous men,women and children. One Sioux child who was four or six years old was left wandering around the carnage crying for her dead mother. He gave thought to adopting child and raising her as his own "since I killed her mother"

After a short time, a junior officer approached him and said something to the effect of 'but sir, what would your wife think if you brought one of these heathens into her home to live?' So the officer rethought his idea and just leaves the child to die alone. So totally brutally cruel.

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“I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”
― Thomas Jefferson

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PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2019 3:03 pm 
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This book, first published in 1940 has been given a 21st century treatment with HBO.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghfwH5jWTbc

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Book 2 came out, but I read Book 1 so long ago I'd better read it again before doing 2.

The premise is natural interplanetary travel is possible throuh the wormhole like "flow."

Planets have evolved into the "Interdependency" as that's less warlike, all planets need each other.

Problem is, after planets became dependent on each other, it has been discovered that "the Flow" naturally changes, so travel between worlds is getting cut off faster than they can develop self sufficiency... and of course there are always assholes trying to figure out how to fill in the power vacuum.

And it's all written with Scalzi's wit...lol, narly alien all claws and teeth comes out of the bathroom and comforts, "I left the fan on!"

Only Scalzi, lol!

So we'll do book 1 again, then 2 :)

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Book 2 of "The Interdependency."

Premise is interplanetary travel is possible through "The Flow," which is sort of like wormholes between systems.

Most planets accessible through flows that merge at a place called Hub.

A thousand years ago one dynasty figured out if they could sell humanity on the "fact" (scam), that none of the populated star systems have the resources to exist on their own, rather that all populated systems are interdependent, then they can control Hub and charge "tolls" for using the various flow paths for commerce.

They pull it off and all humanity's systems are dependent on each other.

All is well for 1000 years...until the flows between systems begin collapsing, cutting off populated systems that cannot sustain themselves.

The "Interdependency" Emperor is trying to figure out how to give self sufficiency to various populated systems being cut off, while other rich families are trying to pull off power plays to become rulers over what's left as the flows change and collapse.

Of course it's written in Scalzi's "Old Mans War wit," so I'm looking forward to Book 3 already :D



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Nothing’s Bad Luck: The Lives of Warren Zevon by C.M. Kushins

New biography about Warren. About 100 pages in. Very good so far. I read the book that his ex-wife put out about 10-12 years ago but that was one of those books where the story is told almost entirely by interview excerpts. That one was good too but this is a true biography.


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“I saw pigs eating napalm-charred corpses—a memorable sight, pigs eating roast people.”
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